Tricia Jean, who has been serving as assistant principal at Fayetteville Middle School, has been named the school’s new principal.
Dr. Janine Wilson, director of Fayetteville City Schools, made the announcement during last week’s school board meeting. Steve Giffin, the current principal, will be moving to the system’s central office where he will serve as supervisor of attendance.
The two administrators will assume their new positions on July 1.
Jean is no stranger to the Fayetteville City School System, attending school at Ralph Askins and then Fayetteville Junior High School. She has spent her entire career in education in the city system, serving for 17 years as a teacher and administrator.
The Lincoln County native earned an associate’s degree from Motlow State Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University, a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Tennessee State University and an educational specialist degree in curriculum and instruction from MTSU.
Jean was inspired to become an educator after witnessing, first hand, someone close to her struggle with dyslexia as a child.
“I saw him struggle with learning, and I saw teachers that couldn’t quite connect with him,” Jean said of how her interest in becoming an educator was sparked early in her childhood. “I knew then I wanted to be in education for every child, those struggling and those who are high achievers. His struggles made me want to make a difference in the lives of children.”
Fayetteville Middle School earned the distinction last year of being named a Reward School by the Tennessee Department of Education, an honor recognizing the school’s gains in academic achievement and growth for all students and for all student subgroups. While Jean’s goals are to continue to promote academic excellence, she will also strive to build relationships with students to help them realize their potential and support them in achieving their dreams.
“My goal is to be here for the kids,” she said. “We have to be there for every child and show them they each have so much potential. My goal is for them to know they are supported and show them how to be the best they can be, no matter what they decide to be when they grow up.”
The new principal said she is blessed to have a dedicated staff of professionals at Fayetteville Middle School.
“We have some of the hardest working teachers and staff,” Jean said. “They are dedicated to the students, and they really do strive to build those relationships with each individual child.
“The FMS students, staff and parent community have become very special to me over the years. I look forward to creating more memories and wonderful experiences in the years to come.”
Tricia and her husband, Travis, both natives of Fayetteville, have two children, McKenlee and Ashlee.